Ex-OMB chair Ronnie Ricketts convicted of graft

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 15) —  The Sandiganbayan on Friday found former Optical Media Board (OMB) chief Ronnie Ricketts guilty of graft.

The anti-graft court's Fourth Division sentenced him to imprisonment of at least six years and one day to a maximum of eight years.

Ricketts was given until Monday to post a ₱30,000 bond for his provisional liberty while he appeals the decision.

The former OMB head refused to comment on the verdict.

The action star was charged with graft for mishandling confiscated DVDs and VCDs from Sky High Marketing Corporation in 2010.

He and three other OMB officials were accused of authorizing the release of confiscated items hours after these were seized, and for failing to file appropriate charges against the company.

In 2015, Ricketts posted bail and pleaded "not guilty' to the graft case.

The court in February granted Ricketts' motion to travel after the former OMB chair posted a ₱90,000 travel bond.

This is a developing story.

CNN Philippines Correspondent AC Nicholls contributed to this report.  

 

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